Kochi: Kerala High court today criticised
the state government`s Abkari Policy and said there should be
appropriate amendments in the policy to ensure that liqour
shops are prohibited in densely populated areas.
It was due to such a policy that the recent Malappuram
hooch tragedy, which claimed 26 lives and left few persons
blind, took place, the court held.
A division bench comprising Justice C N Ramachandran Nair
and Justice Surendra Mohan held that the state government was
prohibiting liqour shops within 400 metre radius of temples,
churches and crematoriums etc. But the policy does not
prohibit liqour shops in densely populated areas, the bench
`Is the intention of the government that peace of mind which
they have ensured for the dead bodies should not be available
for people in the densely populated areas`?, the bench asked.
The observations were made on a petition filed with regard
to the functioning of a toddy shop in Kannur.